Bachelor of Science in Naval Science and Tactics, University Southern California, 1945. Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering, University Southern California, 1948.
Roustabout, well puller Richfield Oil Corporation, Long Beach, California, 1947. Roughneck, petroleum engineer Rocky Mountain Drilling Company, Los Angeles, 1948—1950. Petroleum engineer Dean H. Sheldon Consultant, South Pasadena, Douglas Oil Corporation, Peru, 1954—1956.
Consultant petroleum engineer Ventura, California, 1956—1979. President Robert L. Richardson, Inc., Petroleum Engineers, from 1979. Vice president, general manager William Thornbury Inc.
Board directors Ojai Oil Corporation. Member Petroleum Geology People to People Delaware to People's Republic of China, 1987. Served to lieutenant Reserve United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1945.
Board directors Ventura County Young Men’s Christian Association, 1968—1975, president, 1973—1974. Member Ventura County Republican Center Committee, 1962—1972. Chairman Ventura City Charter Review Commission, 1970.
Member California State Republican Convention, 1970. Member of American Association Petroleum Geologists, American Petroleum Institute, Society Petroleum Engineers (chairman California coastal section 1959, chairman California regional meeting 1963, Honorary Chairman Section Service award 1970), Phi Delta Theta.
Married Elizabeth Margaret McCall, April 8, 1949. Children: Susan Cameron Richardson Putman, Steven Michael.